Why Richard Dawkins Was Booted from the NECSS Conference

A couple of days ago, the Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS) decided to boot Richard Dawkins from the lineup after initially announcing he would be a keynote speaker. They explained that this came in response to Dawkins’ “approving re-tweet of a highly offensive video.”

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Today, Steven Novella offered a bit more detail into how that decision was made:

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Richard Dawkins Responds After Being Booted from NECSS Conference

Last week, the Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS) opened up registration for its annual conference, which draws hundreds of people annually. Richard Dawkins was one of the keynote speakers.

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Last night, however, conference organizers withdrew its invitation to him with this statement:

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Kansas Senate Leader Bans Women from Wearing “Low-Cut Necklines and Mini-Skirts” at Hearings

Because there are no other problems in Kansas, State Senator Mitch Holmes has decided to tackle the real issue affecting people in the state.

He wants women who testify in front of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee (which he chairs) to cover themselves up. He issued an 11-point code of conduct and Item 2 on that list focused on what people could wear. He wants “professional attire,” which might be fine, but he made sure to spell that out in detail for the ladyfolk:

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Christian Pastor: “Feminism Gives Christianity a Bad Name”

Christian Pastor Steven Anderson has never been a fan of feminism.

He has said his daughters “are gonna be taught not to be independent.” And that “normal” women want to follow a leader (that is, unless they’re “reprobate lesbians”). And that women should have no say in how our country is run.

So, by comparison, saying feminism “gives Christianity a bad name” is really anti-climactic. It’s like he’s mellowing out.

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After Her Evangelical Church Shamed Her for Getting Divorced, She Became an Atheist

Kristy Loye is a former “devout, Bible-believing fundamental evangelical Christian” who eventually became an atheist. What pushed her over the edge was the church’s treatment of women. Specifically, how they treated her and a friend of hers when they were going through divorces.

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